|1965: Flight of Voskhod 1 (12 Oct 1964)|
The mission is interesting for another reason in that the Russian military wanted an all pilot crew but Sergei Korolev argued for his vision of sending engineers, doctors and even poets into space and he won. These stamps have the symbols of the cosmonauts occupations. Starting from the left is the pilot Vladimir Komarov, (who later tragically became the fist person to die in spaceflight) next Konstantin Feokitstov the scientist and someone who didn't think the alterations were a problem as he was the lead designer of both Voskhod and Soyuz and the only spacecraft designer to fly in space. Lastly the physician with the bouffant hair, Doctor Boris Yegorov who has an asteroid named after him. Once in space the mission was cut short, reason unknown. One suggestion was the political turmoil on the ground (Khrushchev was removed from power while they were in flight) or perhaps more prosaically it was just because of the cramped conditions.
An entry to Viridian Postcard's Sunday Stamps theme - unusual shapes or sizes.